Describes various aspects of Mexico, including the celebration of Mexico's admittance to the United Nations, silver making in Taxco, airports throughout the country, Aztec ruins and rituals, and Mexican comedian Cantinflas.
Reviewer:Dodsworth the Cat
December 26, 2022 Subject:
Snapshots of Mexico During WW2
The US government--and Hollywood--did what they could to ensure Latin America didn't put their support behind Hitler, Tojo and Mussolini during the war. As part of the effort, all kinds of films were produced.
This short was put together by the US government to tell Americans the Mexicans were on our side now.
What starts out as a sightseeing tour quickly--and I mean quickly--turns into an entertainment picture, as we get a full song from Mapy Cortes (who was actually Puerto Rican), shots of comedian Cantinflas going into and coming out of a dressing room, then a trio of dancers in traditional garb.
A colourful Aztec sacrifice ceremony is reenacted to end the short.
The soundtrack includes "The Mexican Hat Dance."
The touristy stuff seems rather random; so much more could have been said about the country, with some kind of narrative holding it together.
Still, this was an interesting little film.
June 22, 2012 Subject:
Fun little romp through Mexico, with various stops along the way. Doesnt really follow a central theme, but no matter. We get shots of the Mexican Military, it's historical housing, transportation, a great segment with a Mexican singer (Manny Cortez?) a visit to Cantinflas, and it all ends with a Mayan sacrifice. What more do you want?